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You Are…Not a Dependent: Court of Appeals Rules That Employed Daughter Was Not a Dependent of Deceased Parent

Motor Vehicle Litigation / August 26, 2019

Dawson v Farmers Insurance Exchange, unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued August 13, 2019 (Docket No. 342652), shows that reliance on a resident relative is not enough, by itself, to prove dependency. This is also true in situations where the claimant lacks formal education or substantial work experience. Dawson confirms that primary earners will have difficulty claiming survivor benefits under the No-Fault Act, but the analysis is fact specific.

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